Sexing mallard ducklings using wing plumage

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by keeperofthehearth, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. keeperofthehearth

    keeperofthehearth Chillin' With My Peeps

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  2. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
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    they look all the same to me [​IMG]
     
  3. keeperofthehearth

    keeperofthehearth Chillin' With My Peeps

    The white on the females goes past the blue on wing as it nears the body. Good Luck!
     
  4. iluvsedward

    iluvsedward Overrun With Chickens

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    In english please?
     
  5. Speceider

    Speceider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We do that all the time when banding young mallards. It's really easy to look at the tertial coverts. The only difficulty is if they are not pure mallards, there may be some white on the tertial coverts of drakes if they have snowy mallard or white mallard in them.

    Clint
     
  6. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Lets see, in English...

    Immature birds have angular swaths of the colors on the colored wing feathers, (that is the colors do not line up nice and the color is angled on the individual feathers) - the feathers also may be frayed, skinny, or old looking if just before adult molt either into breeding or non-breeding plumage.

    Immature mallard females have white extending towards the body, but the white that will extend away fro the body beyond the color area may or may not be present, males do not have the extra white.

    Adult female mallards have white that extends beyond the color area on the wing, both towards and away from the body, Adult males in non breeding plumage do not, the white stops at the color.

    Adult males in breeding plumage do not need wing test for sexuality as they have green heads...

    close enough?

    Now I always guessed based on beaks and stance and behavior, not always right...
     
  7. iluvsedward

    iluvsedward Overrun With Chickens

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    hmm.. is there one on ducklings? Not immature ducks but ducklings??
     
  8. iluvsedward

    iluvsedward Overrun With Chickens

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    like, 4weekolds?
     
  9. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Not for feathering. ;)
     
  10. Chriswardens52

    Chriswardens52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also found out that if you notice a green/black tint to the back of the ducklings they tend to be male. I used this technique and i identified there sex 100 percent accurate for me anyways.
     

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